Are you crushed by the weight of your student loans? Do you wish they’d somehow disappear?
Many people feel the same way. Some are so eager to be free of their debt, in fact, they’d give up an organ just to pay it off.
A recent MyBankTracker survey asked visitors what they’d do to eliminate their student loans. Here are the results:
- 55% would turn their life into a reality TV show
- 43% would give up half their possessions
- 38% would take part in a questionable health study
- 32% would sign up for active military duty
- 30% would sell an organ
Keep in mind this sample is tiny — as well as skewed — since it’s based on the responses of 200 visitors to one personal finance site. Still, the level of desperation some people have reached is palpable.
Crazy (and Legit) Ways to Get Rid of Your Loans
If you understand the struggles faced by these respondents, you may think selling an organ sounds like a pretty good idea. It’s not legal in the United States, though — and even if it were, we wouldn’t recommend it.
We’re not going to leave you hanging, though. Here are some wacky ways you can make money with your body:
- Work as an art model
- Donate your eggs
- Become a pet masseuse
- Place ads on your body
- Sell plasma
- Cuddle with strangers
Lastly, we can’t neglect to mention of all the ideas posed by the survey, active military duty is the one legitimate option — and it would help with your debt enormously. One man, for example, paid off $108,000 of student loans (from college and law school) by joining the Army.
Your Turn: What would YOU do to erase your student loans? Would you give up an organ? Live on nothing but spinach for a year? Let’s hear it!
Susan Shain, senior writer for The Penny Hoarder, is always seeking adventure on a budget. Connect with her on Twitter: @susan_shain.